AirTags: How to set up, pair Apple's bite-size trackers
Apple AirTags look cool and can help you easily find misplaced items. Here's what you need to know about setting up and pairing the trackers.
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2. Pair your AirTag with your iPhone. All you have to do is bring the AirTag close to your iPhone, and it should connect.
3. Follow the onscreen steps to name your tagged item (e.g., "My car keys" if you're attaching your AirTag to your keys) and register it to your Apple ID.
4. Once the AirTag is paired, you should be able to see it under Items in the app, where you'll be able to see its current or last known location on a map.
5. Physically attach the AirTag to whatever item you'd like to keep track of -- your keys, your phone, anything.
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How to use AirTags to find your stuff
Use the Find My app
One cool feature: If the item you've misplaced is within Bluetooth range, you can use the Find My app to play a sound from the AirTag to help you find it. You can also ask Siri to find the item, and the AirTag will play a sound if it's nearby. If you have an iPhone 11, iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, you'll be able to take advantage of the Precision Finding feature, which can help guide you to the AirTag with more precise directions.
Can't find it anywhere? Turn on AirTags Lost Mode
If you've misplaced your item in a public place, you can place the AirTag in Lost Mode and get notified once it's in range or has been located by the Find My network. If someone finds it, they can tap it using their iPhone or another NFC-capable device (including an Android phone) and be taken to a website to display the contact information for the owner, if you've set that up.